Trump hints H1-B visa changes could include path to citizenship

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 12, 2019

President Trump said Friday that he is planning an overhaul to H-1B visas - which allow foreigners to work in the United States temporarily in specialty occupations - that could lead to American citizenship. "Trump's tweet is a distraction from the fact that the administration's H-1B policies and its actions more broadly are actually making everything more hard for legal immigrants across the board", said Doug Rand, the president of Boundless Immigration, a technology company helping people navigate the immigration process.

Trump didn't offer specifics of a deal, but has pointed to possible changes to the H1-B system during the federal shutdown, which entered its 21st day Friday.

"H1-B holders in the U.S. can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship", Trump tweeted. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.", Trump tweeted.

Rand, who was the assistant director for entrepreneurship in the former President Barack Obama's White House, said that Trump "is probably talking about two already known regulatory plans". It would increase by 16%, or by 5,340, the number of H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from an American institution of higher education.

The Trump administration, she said, has stepped up its measures to detect employment-based visa fraud and abuse, but certain non-immigrant visa programmes need reform in order to protect American workers better. American workers are truly the best and brightest.

Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first - not wealthy globetrotting donors.

President Donald Trump's administration wants to change the foreign worker visa program to include a pathway to citizenship that's more direct. Because the current system imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of Green Cards or the Legal Permanent Residency (LPR), countries such as India and China, with large population of potential or aspiring immigrants, have to wait long years to become U.S. residents. Nonprofits, including hospitals and research institutions, are exempt from the cap. A lot of them are IT professionals. Tech eminences such as Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have traversed this tortuous route to USA permanent residency and citizenship, and many United States corporate honchos, from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, have argued that Washington needs to reform a system whose gridlock is making it more and more hard to retain such foreign talent. Of these, 20,000 are reserved for those graduating with advance degrees from United States universities. My green card process is pending for 4 years, and I have several coworkers, in a similar situation.

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